I have a tough time looking at this issue objectively, because for whatever reasons I didn’t even consider it as a moral (as opposed to legal) issue before I visited these Forums. So I need some input. I understand the basic moral arguments against it, but I have a specific question:
All the arguments I have seen relate to the 7th Commandment. But all the definitions of the 7th Commandments I have seen, such as the Aquinas, Trent, Baltimore, Pius X and New Catechisms define stealing as the unjust privation of goods from another. Everyone knows that copying does not deprive the owner of something, so the argument is made that it is depriving the original software company of profit that is their due.
However, the original copy had to be paid for. Thus an item that was produced was sold at a fair price. Is it not the right of the new owner to do what he wishes with it? Even make copies and give them away? (I don’t argue that selling copied software would be wrong). Now before anyone posts an answer, I would ask them to consider this: How would giving away copies of software differ fundamentally from Christ giving away copies of bread and fish to 5,000 men?
P.S. I ask for charity in your responses. I don’t need to be scolded for trying to rationalize something. I’m just trying to find an answer I can understand and agree with.